Shakespeare asked the question in his play Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” In the play, the two main characters come from dueling families and he is expressing that the last names of his two main characters shouldn’t hinder the love they shared. Simply put, when it comes to love, names shouldn’t matter.
However, this time of year reminds me that names DO matter – especially when the name is Jesus! In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet not only foretells the birth of Christ but also the names of Christ. The scriptures say that he is Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – that my friends is truly good news!
As we enter into this holiday season, I am drawn to this verse and the meaning of the names shared. Going back to Romeo’s question, what’s in a name? – EVERYTHING! There is hope, joy, refuge, love, and peace found only in Jesus. Over the weeks leading up to Christmas, we will explore the names given in Isaiah. We will look at their meaning, what we learn about Christ’s character and what that means in the life of the believer.
Reflection – Wonderful
What does that name mean to you? In what ways have you seen Christ do and/or be wonderful in your life?